A commitment to diversity is central to the academic mission of our department. We take diversity to be the expression of a wide variety of values, perspectives, and experiences that reflect differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences may include race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, abilities/disabilities, gender identity, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
A mix of individuals contributes diverse perspectives which enrich the intellectual environment. Science in general and mathematics in particular benefit when confronted with input from different sources. Moreover, a department whose constituency reflects society is in a better position to serve the community at large. We acknowledge the important need to overcome barriers to the recruitment, retention, and advancement of talented students and faculty from historically underrepresented groups.